If you haven't heard it of by now then let us remind you again, this week Elon Musk revealed the Tesla Semi truck, a vehicle that he envisions will deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and signiﬁcantly reducing the cost of cargo transport. Interestingly Tesla touted the Tesla Semi's "Unrivalled Performance" Without a trailer. The Tesla Semi achieves 0-60 mph in ﬁve seconds, compared to 15 seconds in a comparable diesel truck.
It does 0-60 mph in 20 seconds with a full 80,000-pound load, a task that takes a diesel truck about a minute. At first this may sound like bragging rights, but if you think about it from a haulage perspective then time equals money, or perhaps money saved.
Most notably for truck drivers and other travellers on the road, it climbs 5% grades at a steady 65 mph, whereas a diesel truck maxes out at 45 mph on a 5% grade.
The Tesla Semi requires no shifting or clutching for acceleration and deceleration, and its regenerative braking recovers 98% of kinetic energy to the battery, giving it a basically inﬁnite brake life.
Tesla say the Semi is more responsive, covers more miles than a diesel truck in the same amount of time, and more safely integrates with passenger car traﬃc.
The Semi’s cabin is designed speciﬁcally around the driver, featuring unobstructed stairs for easier entry and exit, full standing room inside, and a centered driver position for optimal visibility.
Two touchscreen displays positioned symmetrically on both sides of the driver provide easy access to navigation, blind spot monitoring and electronic data logging.
Built-in connectivity integrates directly with a ﬂeet’s management system to support routing and scheduling, and remote monitoring. Diesel trucks today currently require several third party devices for similar functionality.
The launch of the Semi also introduces new technology, Megagchargers, a high-speed DC charging solutionMegachargers, which will add about 400 miles in 30 minutes.
Jackkniﬁng is prevented due to the Semi's onboard sensors that detect instability and react with positive or negative torque to each wheel while independently actuating all brakes.
With Enhanced Autopilot, the Tesla Semi features Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning, and event recording.
Fully loaded, the Tesla Semi is capable of 500 miles of range Tesla reckons the Semi will allow haulage firms to make $200,000 or more in savings over a million miles based on fuel costs alone.
Reservations for the Tesla Semi can be made for $5,000 USD per truck. Production qill begin in 2019.